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Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor (B.A., Chemistry)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major (PhD)
Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee (Other)
Hi PLANO-FRISCO-ALLEN-RICHARDSON-DALLAS! 5000+ HOURS: CHEM-GEOMETRY-ALGEBRA I/II-PRECAL-TRIG-GEN./O-CHEM.
COMPASSIONATE and RELIABLE, I tutor on SET SEMESTER SCHEDULES, AS-NEEDED for unit/EOC-SAT/ACT/GRE/GED MATH-PCAT/DAT/CLEP exams, SUMMERS when students face fast-paced (i.e., 20 day) course instruction or desire a head start for Fall courses, and LONG-TERM with those needing both HONORS/PAP and AP or IB (SL or HL) CHEMISTRY and ultimately GEN./ORGANIC CHEMISTRY and on a MEDICAL/PHARMACY/DENTAL/NURSING SCHOOL or other HEALTH/NUTRITION or STEM-RELATED track.
Whatever the situation, before each session I encourage my students to be well-prepared with specific questions addressing their needs and wants but, even so, always bring in additional reference resources (especially for visual learners) to add further clarity and enrichment. I then proceed step-by-step in clear English to enable everyone to achieve his/her goals.
I have acquired valuable academic experience through GENERAL and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY instruction at FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY in Tallahassee. In addition, service has been provided as a DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR in ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES-NURSING (CHEMISTRY 1405 and 1406, which have a GENERAL-ORGANIC-BIOCHEMISTRY emphasis) and GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1 and 2 (1411 and 1412, respectively). This service has even included the opportunity for CHEMISTRY tutoring under a STEM-administered grant. Other educational activities where positive impacts have been made have continued to involve many GEOMETRY, ALGEBRA 1, ALGEBRA 2, PRECALCULUS and CHEMISTRY classrooms within the RICHARDSON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT. THESE LATTER EXPERIENCES HAVE PROVIDED ADDITIONAL RELEVANT RESOURCES THAT HAVE PROVEN INVALUABLE DURING TUTORING SESSIONS.
Overall, then, my students (many having attended such prestigious schools as ST. MARKS, GREENHILL, HOCKADAY, URSULINE ACADEMY, LAKEHILL PREPARATORY, HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL, TAMS, TAG MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL, WAKELAND HIGH SCHOOL, LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL, ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL, RICHARDSON HIGH SCHOOL MAGNET, SHEPTON HIGH SCHOOL, JASPER HIGH SCHOOL, AND PLANO, PLANO EAST/WEST SR HIGH SCHOOLS) have and will continue to become more effective critical thinkers, see their confidence levels soar, and realize their professional goals through their association with me. What more can you ask for? Hi PLANO-FRISCO-ALLEN-RICHARDSON-DALLAS! 5000+ HOURS: CHEM-GEOMETRY-ALGEBRA I/II-PRECAL-TRIG-GEN./O-CHEM.
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My son enjoys a challenge, but his first grades in PreAP Algebra 2 and Chemistry put him at risk of failing both courses. I selected Dr. Bruce to tutor my son because as a high school algebra and chemistry substitute teacher, Dr. Bruce has full access to current curriculum materials and schedules. When Dr. Bruce began tutoring my son, he first assessed my son’s knowledge of both courses. Dr. Bruce then reviewed critical concepts my son had missed in class. They worked together to ensure my son’s understanding of these foundation concepts before moving on.
As Dr. Bruce makes clear in just one of his tutoring sessions, he likes to first take a small piece of the troubled section in algebra or chemistry and then breaks down that section, stressing the importance of each part; which my son found to be very effective to his understanding of the material.
My son asked questions of Dr. Bruce which he did not feel comfortable discussing in class. He was able to take his time and work through problems, complete homework, and prepare for test during tutoring. Dr. Bruce was always aware of testing schedules and upcoming curriculum topics. This was very helpful to me, because my son was so focused on trying to keep up; he often missed important pieces of information.
Dr. Bruce takes his job as a tutor very seriously. He was always on time, always prepared, finished on time, was flexible when needed, and was straight forward about my son’s progress.
When it comes to learning there is no magic, just hard work and effort. With Dr. Bruce’s help, my son can now move on to subjects which accentuate his talents with the proven knowledge that when challenged with subjects difficult for him, he can be successful.
Deborah, thanks so much for your well-thought out response. I thoroughly enjoyed working with your son at each session, be it for just Algebra 2, Chemistry, or a little of both.
The fact that he was receptive and prepared at each meeting and with a clear sense of what he wanted to accomplish went a long way toward his achieving his ultimate success. I was, as always, delighted to have played a major role in helping him attain his goals. Best wishes!
Bruce teaches at the pace his student can absorb and explains in a way that you can grasp complex topics and celebrates as you make progress.
Thank you very much for your feedback. I have been thoroughly enjoying helping you review step-by-step the core concepts from General Chemistry so that you will be well-prepared to achieve a passing score at minimum on you upcoming Chemistry CLEP.
My daughter goes to a private school in Dallas and her chemistry curriculum was extremely challenging. After trying out a couple of tutors, we found Dr. Bruce last September. The lessons have been very beneficial for our daughter and Dr. Bruce has brought a lot of clarity to her fundamentals of chemistry honors and has continued to build upon it. Chemistry is no longer something our daughter fears.
We have recommended Dr. Bruce to a couple of our friends and they also feel the lessons are beneficial. Dr. Bruce someone who has a chemistry background knows how to teach chemistry at a level that students can understand. And that is the key. I highly recommend Dr. Bruce to anyone who needs an awesome Chemistry teacher.
I reached out to Bruce on Thursday via email exploring if he had any openings over the weekend to tutor my 10th grader. He responded the same day via email that he had openings on Saturday and Sunday. He conveyed the time slots and asked that I call him to reserve one of the two slots. I called him Friday stating that we will take the Saturday slot, if still available. However, I forgot to leave my call back number. To his credit, Bruce located my number from a prior conversation and called me back to confirm the session. His flexibility, diligence to locate my contact number and get back to me and professionalism were very commendable, especially based on recent horrid experience with another WyzAnt tutor or two.
Bruce was there on-time and this being the first session for my 10th grader with Bruce, I will venture that it was a fairly good session. Bruce made an attempt to understand my daughter's learning style and went about teaching her both moles and basic Stoichiometry.
I was impressed by the thoroughness of his summary of the session. He nicely elaborated on the material he taught - a nice thing for parent like me. As far as the quality of the session is concerned, I would rate it as somewhere between an Average to a Good lesson (3.5 stars). But that is not to say that, with few more lessons an Exceptional rating is very possible, as both Bruce and my daughter get to understand and adapt to each other's teaching and learning styles
Again, thank you Bruce and we will stay in touch.
Bruce is a good tutor, very patient and understanding but does not meet my requirements. He took the time to understand my son's deficiencies and helped me go over some of his geometry exercises. I am looking for somebody more dynamic and somebody who will move at a much faster pace.
Thank you very much for your feedback and best wishes.
This is our second session with Dr. Bruce starting with Organic Chemistry I and now II. He is such a wonderful teacher who knows the subject and the student before he starts the session. He evaluates the student's knowledge of the subject and plans the classes accordingly. His sessions are based on the curriculum, which almost matches what the school teaches. I strongly recommend him.
Thank you very much for your objective feedback. I particularly relished the opportunity to work with medically-bound Organic students such as your son and only wish him the best of success as he continues to strive toward reaching his career goals.
I have been taking general chemistry lessons with Dr.H for about 2 months in preparation for general chemistry courses at college and found the lessons helpful. He helped me refresh topics from AP Chemistry I took in my junior year of high school as well as delving deeper into some of the main topics. I mainly reviewed important general chem topics that pertain to organic chemistry that I will have to take in sophomore year of college and Dr.H has done a nice job teaching and relating critical general chem topics to organic chemistry. He gave a lot of organic chemistry examples as it relate to general chem topics being covered as well as providing practical applications of some of the topics. Dr.H was always punctual and has been a reliable teacher.
Thank you very much for your insight and best wishes as you embark on your College journey en route to achieving your career objectives.
Dr. Bruce tutored my daughter in high school Honors Chemistry for the entire second semester (Jan-May 2014) portion of a full year course. She had been having significant struggles in the course for a variety of reasons. However, she is an A student and has not had the need for a tutor in any subjects before. Our decision to hire Dr. Bruce allowed her to turn the corner and ultimately make an A in the course. This was a major feat given how lost she was in the subject matter when they started.
Dr. Bruce is extremely well versed in, and clearly has a passion for, the subject of Chemistry, but I’m sure that likely can be said about many tutors. I believe the difference maker is that Dr. Bruce has many qualities that allow the student-tutor relationship to work. Most importantly, Dr. Bruce lets the student drive the content to be discussed, in whatever level of detail is needed, and however much repetition is needed for the concepts to sink in. For example, one session might focus on a lab or homework assignment, while another may focus on an upcoming test.
Dr. Bruce comes to each session well prepared. He brings and references many teaching aids throughout the session, helping to reinforce concepts. Obviously, it helps for the student to be prepared prior to each session beginning, and I did make sure my daughter studied and prepared her questions before each session to get the most out of it.
Other qualities worthy of note are Dr. Bruce’s flexibility such as extending a session longer than the scheduled time, scheduling additional sessions during finals, rescheduling (as student’s demands are constantly changing), etc. Additionally, he is very patient with the student when repetition is required. And, I believe he is able to break complex topics down to their fundamentals, individualized to the student’s needs. And, to repeat myself, the additional teaching aids he provides are invaluable.
All in all, Dr. Bruce was a great help to my daughter. I believe he is quite concerned about the student’s overall success and sincerely wants to do what he can to help them succeed. If my daughter continues with higher-level Chemistry course work, and she needs assistance to ace the subject matter, I wouldn't hesitate to use Dr. Bruce again.
Thank you ever so much for your exceptionally objective and thorough feedback. You've captured the very essence of my tutoring approach and personality. I enjoyed each and every session that we shared and truly wish you the best of success in your future academic endeavors as you strive toward achieving your career objectives.
Mr. H tutored me for a year in chemistry and algebra. He is an excellent teacher who taught me material through several methods such as: working through the problem, presenting different problems about the same topic, and going into depth as to why certain answers are wrong and why one is right. He thoroughly explained the topic in a way that was easy to understand while making it so that I would learn as much he could teach me. I would definitely use Mr. H’s tutoring services.
Bruce H. is a rare find. He is very knowledgeable in such a difficult subject as organic chemistry, but even more importantly, he fosters great enthusiasm for the subject. He always brings and shows articles about chemistry and its many applications. He explains clearly and in detail all concepts and logic. In particular, many concepts from general chemistry are critical to understanding organic chemistry, and Bruce knows which ideas are important and has a talent for teaching them and how they apply.
Further, Bruce is very flexible and tries to accommodate your needs. When we needed extra time, he was always willing, even if it meant coming at very early or late hours, even on weekends. He is always very punctual, and you can always rely on him coming on time.
He helped my son improve his grades and maintain the higher grades throughout the year they worked together. My son finished Organic chemistry 1 and 2 at UTD with excellent grades.
I highly recommend Bruce H. for anybody who needs tutoring in any chemistry subject.
Tatiana, thank you very much for your kind and objective feedback. It was a true pleasure to have successfully mentored your son through his entire year of Organic Chemistry. I looked forward to each and every meeting because he was always enthusiastic and well-prepared with questions whether they were based on class notes, book problems, or practice exams.
I look forward to assisting him with his future Biochemistry needs as he continues his diligent work toward achieving his career objectives.
Dr. Bruce is very thorough. My son is learning quite a bit about calculus from him. I feel confident that Dr. Bruce can get my son where he needs to be in this subject!! Thank you!!
Having successfully guided you son through both Algebra 2 and Chemistry last school year, I have no doubts that he will succeed in precalculus this current school year under my mentorship.
Bruce H. was a good tutor for organic chemistry. He was very knowledgeable in the course material and he explained things very clearly. He helped me get familiar with the topics before I started organic chemistry in the fall.
It was a pleasure to have assisted you with clear explanations of core General Chemistry and introductory Organic topics in preparation for your upcoming Fall university Organic Chemistry experience.
Best wishes for a successful academic year and in working towards fulfilling your career aspirations.
I needed help for general chemistry and he helped me immensely. He's very great a making you understand the material and providing examples to help you learn. Give him a call and he'll work around your schedule. He was very helpful and knew all about the mastering chemistry online software. I'm coming to him for help with organic chemistry 2!
It was, indeed, a pleasure to have successfully mentored you through both the regular semester of Gen. Chem. I and the fast-paced summer session of Gen. Chem. II. You are correct in that I derive tremendous satisfaction out of presenting numerous examples of the topic under discussion in order for the student to more clearly understand it.
I'll certainly be ready and available to successfully guide you through 2nd semester of Organic Chemistry as you strive toward achieving your career aspirations.
I worked with Bruce for my Gen Chem II. I must say he is very very strong with the subject matter. He is thorough and is extremely professional. Every Chapter in Gen Chem II demands strong grasp of the concepts that will be put to full use in solving problems. Bruce's strong Math background also comes in very handy when solving problems. All his years of teaching college level really shines through during the tutoring sessions. He will give you additional information about the subject matter sometimes that will be both interesting and will come in extremely handy during exam prep. I completely recommend Bruce for College Chemistry.
I will however add, that to get the full benefit of his tutoring sessions, the student MUST do his/her homework prior to each session. It is best to go in knowing exactly where your problem areas are so Bruce can work with you on that. In other words, you can tap into Bruce's expertise in Chemistry better by letting him know where exactly you need help rather than going through the whole chapter with him and letting him figure it out for you.
Thank you very much, R., for your exceptionally well-thought-out feedback. You have captured the very essence of my tutoring style and the types of relationships with clients that are most likely to lead to their long-term successes.
I'm glad that you had a superb experience in Gen. Chem. II through my guidance. I certainly look forward to continuing our working relationship with Organic Chemistry as you strive toward achieving your career aspirations.
Bruce tutored my daughter in AP Chemistry for most of the past school year. He was always punctual and prepared for each lesson. I also need to mention that he is "Mr. High Energy." My daughter is also very focused and desires to learn. With both of them working together, she was able to get a 780 on her Chemistry SAT Subject Test and a 5 on her AP Chemistry Exam.
I would recommend Bruce for his dedication and his commitment to his students' success.
Thank you very much, Marcia, for your kind feedback.
It was, indeed, a pleasure to have guided your daughter to highly-successful outcomes on both the SAT Chemistry Subject Test and the AP Chemistry Exam. These have been among my major objectives in desiring to work with AP Chemistry students.
You hit the nail right on the head, Marcia, in terms of the value of teamwork in achieving student success.
Best wishes to both you and your daughter.
Dr. Bruce tutored my daughter for eight months in AP Chemistry. It is a very challenging course. I was lucky to find Dr. Bruce. If you need an AP Chemistry tutor he is the one. He is able to explain to her in a way that she is able to understand and has provided excellent visuals as well. He is very knowledgeable and works to find out what concepts my daughter doesn't understand. My daughter has made amazing progress in chemistry in just a couple of months. Thank you Dr. Bruce.
It was, indeed, a pleasure to have assisted your daughter on a regular basis with her AP Chemistry class. I love challenges, and the AP Chemistry course provided plenty of them on an ongoing basis.
Your daughter was always prepared at sessions and with a clear sense of what she wanted to accomplish. I extend my best wishes to her for future academic success as she strives toward fulfilling her professional goals.
Bruce taught Chemistry to my son who's in Junior High this year. My son found a new interest in Chemistry after he started having regular weekly classes with Bruce since the past 6 months, and improved his class grades as well. He's appearing in the AP Chemistry exams next week and targeting a "5".
I'd recommend Bruce for High School Chemistry tutoring and wish him all the best in life.
Thank you very much for your kind feedback concerning the impact that my multi-month tutoring sessions had on Nikhil's achievement. It was, indeed, a pleasure to have worked with him on a twice per week basis and to have consistently observed how focused and prepared he was at each session with the most challenging questions from his AP Chemistry course. Congratulations to him on his having achieved a 780 on the SAT Chemistry Subject Test and a 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam.
He knew his stuff and his intellectualism is obvious. But I found him impatient and he made me feel belittled when I did not understand something. At times he seemed quite boastful. One time I came to meet him and he told me about how he got a job offer prior to meeting me but had to cancel to meet with me. He made it clear he would have rather not met me, although it's not like he's meeting me for free. He has also bragged about how he is one of the highest in demand tutors from this site. My experience was not great with him. Although he helped me get my work done, at times I would leave in tears because he made me feel so intimidated and dumb. He has had great reviews, maybe because he is used to working with students that already know their stuff. I have been struggling and I am not up to par or pace with other students. That is why I sought out a tutor in the first place, because my needs weren't just that I needed help with my work. I needed help understanding the material. He could have adapted to my needs or tried to understand that maybe I was a different student on a level he was not used to. Everyone works differently and he just wasn't the right fit for me. If you already understand material from class and just need help with problems then he's good for that, but if you, like me, kind of need someone to reteach you things, then he is definitely not someone I would recommend.
Thank you very much for having provided feedback concerning your recent tutoring experience with me for General Chemistry 2.
Several issues that were raised in your correspondence require further clarification in order to put the whole experience in its proper context.
First, you informed me from the beginning that you were weak in General Chemistry 1 and received a subpar grade in this course. The topics in General Chemistry 2 were becoming increasingly more complex and would continue in that fashion as the course unfolded. Problems required a higher level of critical-thinking skills and also incorporation of a number of key concepts from General Chemistry 1. In addition, mathematical skills such as handling logarithms, solving quadratic and simple Algebra 1 equations, and setting up and solving proportions all required mastery in order to successfully handle current problems.
Second, as our sessions progressed, my assessment was that there were just too many past weak links that required remediation in the limited amount of session time I could devote to have eventually brought you up to speed for success. Not having read a chapter (or at least its summary) due to lack of time and prior to a session only compounded matters.
Since many students, particularly those planning to enter the medical field, require an additional year of Organic Chemistry, it becomes even more vital for success to have acquired a strong mastery of both General Chemistry 1 and General Chemistry 2 core topics.
Yes, I admit that sometimes I appear tough, but this comes from many years experience of knowing the necessary skills for success and having had an intense personal interest in both the short- and long-term welfare of all of my students. I was just attempting to be honest and open.
Accordingly, based upon the aforementioned, I was not your best fit for your overall situation.
Bruce was prompt, efficient, and thoroughly knowledgeable. He brought our daughter up to speed on her Algebra and Geometry for an SAT retest and she did better the second time around.
Dan, thanks very much for your feedback. I'm delighted that your daughter noticeably improved on her SAT retake. Best wishes.
My daughter's experience with Bruce was highly rewarding. He is very knowledgeable and informative. According to my daughter, he used lot of easy methods to teach Chemistry and made it seem more fun.
I highly recommend Bruce for math and chemistry tutoring! He is extremely accommodating, patient and knowledgeable. I needed a dual math and chemistry tutor for the PCAT examination. This exam is the pharmacy school entrance exam and the testing material had basic to organic chemistry, algebra 1, 2, pre-calculus and calculus 1. Bruce taught me the "unit factor method" along with test taking strategies. Since the calculator is not allowed, he helped me figure out problems the most efficient way to save time and whenever I felt a problem was too tough to solve, Bruce would guide me through it rather than tell me the answer. He is a professional and if anyone wants to master math or chemistry, he is the tutor to select.
I was very happy with my tutoring experience with Bruce. He guided me through the second semester of organic chemistry in a fast-pace summer school session!! After having struggled through the first summer semester of o-chem on my own, I decided to seek help for the second semester. Bruce knows his stuff in chemistry! He was patient, took the time to teach me, and followed my lead as to what I thought I needed to study. I would definitely use him again for future science classes and highly recommend him to other students. Don't struggle through alone -- call Bruce and enjoy his guidance and calm teaching style.
Bruce worked with my son on Pre-AP Algebra II for the past seven months. During that time, he spent many hours going over specific problems and the steps needed to solve them. Showing my son how to break down the steps of each problem was very beneficial to him. Bruce was patient and thorough in his explanations and because of that, my son's problem solving strategies greatly improved, and he was able to finish the school year on a positive note. Bruce was also always professional in his approach, well-prepared, and was always on time for his twice-a-week sessions with us. Both my son and I would highly recommend him to anyone!
After the positive experience in having worked with your son in Pre-AP Algebra 2, I wish to thank you so much for, once again, having selected me to guide him to success in Precalculus over the majority of this recently-concluded schoolyear. It was very satisfying to know that my style of breaking down complex concepts in both Algebra 2 and Precalculus into simpler parts will serve him well when he proceeds into Calculus.
Bruce tutored my child throughout the year in Pre-AP Chemistry. He was always prepared, patient and flexible. The sessions increased my child's confidence in Chemistry, and he ended the year with a great grade. Bruce is dedicated to helping students and was a pleasure to work with.
I took Gen Chem II at a university and was struggling a lot during the first half of the semester but after having weekly sessions with Bruce, he showed me how to go step by step for every problem and showed me how to solve multi-step problems easily. If you are struggling with Gen Chem I or Gen Chem II at a university I would definitely recommend Bruce as he is very knowledgeable in the subject area and can help you with problems easily!
Bruce H. was always early to our sessions and was very professional. Easy to work with and very helpful. He has had a positive impact on my grades and has helped me to improve quickly in Chemistry Pre-AP.
Mr. H helped my niece with her Algebra II class which she was struggling with. I found him to be courteous and always on time. I also observed that he takes his time to explain the solution to the student not just provide answers and tries to teach the correct techniques for solving these problems which is what we needed.
My niece was amazed how patient Mr. H was with her and thanks him for all his help. I would recommend this tutor to anyone who is struggling with math.
Bruce is a great tutor, he took me from a C to an A. He is very flexible, he was willing to arrange his schedule for my success. He never missed an appointment. He really knows his stuff and I am lucky to have found him as a tutor. PS. He loves Dirk Nowinski and the Mavs!
I took a Gen Chem 2 class during a summer semester and Bruce taught me the subject matter better than my college professor and was far more patient. I learned more from him in the 2-3 hour sessions we would have than an entire week's worth of information from my very ineffective professor. Thanks alot Bruce.
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I have ACT math resources which can be used to diagnose students' particular strengths and weaknesses from the onset. Skill building strategies can then be modeled and implemented to bring students to higher levels of achievement.
Easily dealt with are the following topics routinely covered in middle or high school Algebra I: handling equations(particularly in word problems), solving inequalities, explaining a variety of functions(including graphical interpretation), solving systems of linear equations and linear inequalities, handling exponents and polynomials, factoring polynomials, handling exponential and radical functions, and dealing with rational functions and equations.
As an additional resource I also possess an Algebra I "Teacher's Edition" text.
I can handle most topics in Algebra II and College Algebra and am especially strong in word problems, exponents, solving both logarithmic and radical equations, factoring polynomials, simplifying expressions involving both radicals and complex numbers, and describing the behavior (domain, range, presence of asymptotes) of a variety of functions, including inequality(to include absolute value), rational, inverse, and transformed. Conic sections is also a familiar area of expertise.
As an additional resource I also possess an Algebra II "Teacher's Edition" text.
Word problems are a particular challenge for a number of students for whom the following steps must first be modeled: 1) drawing an appropriate diagram, if required, 2) establishing the correct algebraic representation(s) for the unknown(s) and then using this information to label the correct part(s) of the diagram, as needed, 3) linking together the algebraic representations by the correct math operations required by the problem, 4) carrying out the algebraic manipulations to solve for the unknown(s), and 5) checking the solution(s) for both accuracy and mathematical validity.
I will assist clients with the verbal, mathematics and science sections of the ASVAB test.
Particular strengths are in unfamiliar word meanings deduced from context clues and in mathematics problems requiring both reading comprehension and correct algebraic representations and setups.
My vast knowledge of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and 21st century Human Nutrition enables me to understand and explain many Biochemistry concepts.
I have also taught multiple times a college-level General/Organic/Biochemistry hybrid course.
I am exceptionally knowledgeable in every important topic that is a part of each level (regular, honors, pre-AP, AP, and IB) of high school chemistry and a component of college allied health sciences - nursing (1405, 1406, and 1407) and GENERAL I (1411) and II (1412) chemistry. This expertise also includes thorough handling of the procedures and calculations involved in laboratory experiments for both AP and college-level Chemistry. More and more, students at these levels are requiring assistance with both lab and lecture information during a lesson.
I also have keen insight into successfully handling online MASTERING CHEMISTRY assignments for INTRO and also GENERAL I and II.
In addition, I have successfully worked with students in preparation for the SAT Chemistry subject test (typical student scores end up between 700 and 800), the AP Chemistry exam (my students normally achieve 4s and mainly 5s), and the General and Organic Chemistry sections of the PCAT. I am also very familiar with both the Zumdahl and Brown, LeMay and Bursten textbooks that are used in many school districts' AP Chemistry courses.
Even more, I have the talent to completely and simplistically explain any topic so that the student will easily grasp it, and then use it to successfully learn a new bit of related information. A good case in point is a demonstration of a blueprint model of the unit factor method for solving many types of quantitative conversion calculations, especially those dealing with reaction stoichiometry, encountered in chemistry.
Students at the elementary level, particularly in grades 5 and 6, have been successfully tutored in math.
With patience I break down problems(particularly word applications)into parts that are simple for students to understand.
My approaches are also adaptable to different learning styles.
I easily handle any topic (including applications problems) covered in a regular, PAP, or honors geometry course and am excellent in both inductive and deductive reasoning, the various methods for proving polygons both congruent and similar, and the interplay between algebra and geometry in word problem situations.
I have very keen insight into general mathematical, algebraic, and geometric concepts such that effective problem-solving strategies of the types emphasized on the GRE can be modeled for the student.
I am exceptionally knowledgeable in the principles of 21st century macronutrient-/micronutrient-balanced nutrition and have used them to create an international food pyramid after having conducted extensive research on the most nutrient-rich worldwide eating patterns. Regular adherence to these practices has provided me with consistently high energy and focusing ability, both of which have been major contributors to my success as a tutor.
Based upon sharing the aforementioned knowledge and in addition to my ability to foster development of heightened critical-thinking abilities during tutoring sessions, I am a particularly valued asset to those students who aspire to become doctors, dentists, pharmacists and physicians' assistants.
My fact sheets, "The Maximum Mental Health Diet," are designed around the core principles embodied in my food pyramid and are offered to any client upon request at the first or subsequent tutoring session.
To all Organic students who are either PRE-MED or related health professions bound: Please don't allow your potential fear of Organic Chemistry to sweep away your aspirations for achieving your career goals. I am here to solidly support you every step of the way.
I have a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and have gained much experience utilizing Organic Chemistry in the private sector, teaching Organic Chemistry concepts within both 2-year and 4-year colleges, as well as having tutored private clients in both first semester and second semester Organic Chemistry.
Nomenclature by IUPAC rules, interpretation of spectral data (NMR, IR, mass spectrometry), all types of isomerism, chirality, functional group chemistry, reaction mechanisms, cycloaddition reactions, organometallic chemistry, carbanion reactions, and substitution/elimination reactions are particular areas of expertise.
My strong background in General Chemistry I and II enables me to much more effectively explain many features occurring in the two semester sequence of Organic Chemistry. For this very reason a number of students partner with me during the Summer to get a heads-up for Fall Organic I or II. During this time, their strengths and weaknesses in a variety of core General Chemistry topic areas are assessed and remediated, if needed. This process significantly cuts down on the amount of memorization required for success in O-Chem. PLEASE AVAIL YOURSELVES OF THIS OPPORTUNITY SO THAT COURSES DO NOT HAVE TO UNNECESSARILY END UP BEING REPEATED AT A LATER TIME.
Prealgebra is that critical point between the student's prior math experiences and the more challenging upcoming courses in algebra and geometry. With my skill set in the basic handling of numbers and the symbolic representation of numbers and ideas, I will build up the confidence level of the student through patience and encouragement. This will establish a strong foundation for future studies.
Performance exceeding 90% was achieved on the Texas State Educator's Gr. 4-8 Math Exam.
I am proficient with general functions and graphs, polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, exponential and logarithmic functions and their various transformations, fundamental trigonometric concepts, including the Laws of Sines and Cosines in applications problems, the cosine and sine of angle sum and difference formulas, handling trigonometric identities and polar coordinates, solving systems of equations in 2 or 3 variables, parametric equations, vectors and their applications, and graphing conic sections.
I have multiple SAT resources which can be used from the onset to diagnose students' particular strengths and weaknesses in geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. Skill building strategies can then be modeled and implemented to bring students to higher levels of achievement on simulated tests.
I can handle most topics in trigonometry and am especially strong in application-type problems, converting between degrees and radian measure and polar and rectangular coordinates, solving trigonometric equations, simplifying trigonometric expressions and identities, graphing trigonometric functions and their transformations, and applying the Laws of Sines and Cosines to practical problems.
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